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The committee previously recommended to the council that all loans be closed within 30 days of council approval. I was shock, this amazing woman thought in some way I was special. In action items Monday, the board authorized Board President Dan Dailey to sign a request for payment, and the Ainsworth Educational Facilities Leasing Corporation would then make the first payment for the new agriculture and industrial technology building addition. Technology is changing the way we approach our research and development activities since medicines are among the most powerful tools we have for patients to treat, cure, and manage chronic and life-threatening diseases. Cigna insurance is garbage and they don't care about their members. I agree with you that there are other ways to help others without sacrificing both your sanity and financial stability.

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The project is anticipated to be completed in late November. Prosecutors released a page grand jury indictment relating to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation carried out in north central Nebraska Wednesday, charging 17 individuals and three companies with conspiracy, and seven individuals and three companies with money laundering.

Alma Hernandez Moreno, an illegal alien; Anayancy Castro Hernandez, a deferred action recipient; and Aracely Heredia Martinez, an illegal alien; were charged with assisting the conspiracy by converting paychecks of employees of JP and Sons into currency and then transferring the proceeds of unlawful employment by wire transfer to countries in Central and South America. John Christopher Good was charged as part of the conspiracy for allegedly allowing Delgado and Castro to conceal commercial assets and businesses in his name, including La Herradura Restaurant.

Good was also alleged to have provided a residence to Delgado. Delgado and Benitez, through Castro Properties LLC, are charged with concealing the ownership of commercial property and real estate assets in the names of others, including Good and Castro.

Eleven of the defendants charged pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court. Good was among five of the defendants released from custody Thursday. The next hearing in federal court is scheduled for Oct.

Garcia, 34, of Fargo, N. Waln, 63, of Mission, S. Wearne, 17, of Gilbert, Ariz. Briese, 36, of Arvada, Colo. Metzler, 28, of Goshen, Ind. Lucke, 22, of Minnetonka, Minn. Sandro Jimenez, 43, of Carson, Calif. Hanley, 63, of Denver, Colo. Robert, 52, of Fergus, Minn. Vega, 40, of Fargo, N. Mackner, 34, of Fargo, N. Hager, 69, of Grand Forks, N. Pellegrim, 26, of Glendale, Ariz. Montoya, 36, of Durango, Colo. Beaird, 22, of Sioux Falls, S. Bagwell, 51, of Vista, Calif.

Agents with the U. Arrest warrants were executed Wednesday for 17 individuals connected to what investigators allege was a criminal conspiracy to exploit illegal alien laborers for profit. Christensen Farms near Atkinson as well as company locations near Appleton, Minn. Other locations searched Wednesday were located in the Stromsburg, Bartlett and Royal areas.

In addition to the 17 criminal arrest warrants executed Wednesday, a total of individuals were arrested on potential immigration violations. Following a month investigation, the arrest warrants for the 17 individuals located in multiple states allege those individuals colluded to create an illegal alien workforce, defrauding the U. Authorities allege illegal aliens knowingly hired as part of the alleged conspiracy were exploited through force, coercion or threat of arrest and deportation.

Specifically, officials allege the illegal aliens were, in some cases, required to cash their paychecks at an illegal remittance business for a fee, have tax money deducted from their pay even though the money was never paid to the government, and were coerced to remain quiet about that criminal activity.

This HSI-led criminal investigation has shown that these targeted businesses were knowingly hiring illegal workers to unlawfully line their own pockets by cheating the workers, cheating the taxpayers, and cheating their business competitors. The investigation Wednesday was coordinated with the U.

Of the arrested on immigration violation charges, some will be issued notices to appear before a federal immigration judge and released from custody, while others will remain in ICE custody pending immigration court proceedings. The two potential grants would represent just shy of 40 percent of the total project cost. Following a public hearing, in which no one spoke in opposition to the project, the council, with President Chuck Osborn absent, approved the USDA application. No opposition was received from the public.

In other business Wednesday, the council approved two funding recommendations from the Ainsworth Betterment Committee. Fire Chief Brad Fiala said the department has fallen behind with replacing its bunker gear. The council approved both ABC funding recommendations. Ehlers said several community betterment projects have been completed and several others are in the works from the original strategic plan that was developed in and updated in Recent projects undertaken include reopening the Sandhills Care Center, which has been accomplished, and rebuilding the theater, which is ongoing.

Addressing housing needs has been another active committee, as has been a focus on continuing education through a partnership with Northeast Community College and Ainsworth Community Schools. Ehlers said the LB one-half cent sales tax would need to be reapproved by a vote of the community prior to its expiration in The original vote by the community in led to the collection of the one-half cent city sales tax for economic development for a year period.

He said a leadership team has been established for additional projects. It is a great way to raise funds to help the entire committee. Ehlers said the leadership team would likely begin preparations to educate the community on the successes of the LB program with a goal of having an election to renew it in We have good rapport with the community.

They see we are here to stay. The city received a 4 percent discount on its premium by agreeing to the two-year renewal a year after receiving a 5 percent premium discount for renewing for three years. She said the city also received a 2 percent premium discount because LARM was no longer collecting a 2 percent fee to pay to the League of Nebraska Municipalities.

The council tabled two items, one relating to an agreement between the city and the Local Union International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the other to select a new employee health insurance group policy. Both Hurless and Councilman Greg Soles asked that the agreement be tabled until a final draft is received and all council members had a chance to review the agreement.

The health insurance group plan was tabled to allow the council time to review all of the proposals received. She said Aetna would no longer offer that plan to the city.

Several companies presented proposals, with Schroedl indicating that the union requested a plan from United Health Care that would be the most reasonable cost option for the city of all the plans presented. She said the United Health Care premium would be a 5.

The council will hold a special meeting in August to address both the union contract and the health insurance plan. The council also set a budget workshop for Aug. The commissioners thanked Jochem for his work over the years. Jochem suggested Tom Jones be appointed as the next zoning administrator.

The commissioners approved advertising for the zoning administrator position. In other business Tuesday, longtime roads department employee Dewey Jefferis notified the board of his retirement, effective Aug. The commissioners thanked Jefferis for his work and wished him the best in his retirement.

The commissioners received notice from the Nebraska Department of Roads that all state highways in the county currently listed at either 55 mph or 60 mph would be increased to 65 mph, and Highway 20 would increase from 65 mph to 70 mph.

Turpin reported the roads department has been blading and graveling roads all over the county as weather permits. The department installed new 15 miles per hour speed limit signs in the Hidden Paradise area.

The Camp Witness bridge was again discussed. Though not certain, the board has come to the conclusion that the bridge was likely a county bridge.

Herzog said he would look into the matter further and will provide additional information during the next board meeting. The roads department also repaired a culvert on Road Peterson has been preparing the county budget for the past 10 years. The board also tabled any action on a revised interlocal agreement with Rock and Keya Paha counties relating to the BKR Extension office.

The team participated in bocce at Speedway Village on Saturday. The team of Austan Walton and Kurt Johnson received gold medals. Kaylie Ulibarri and Ty Boli received fourth-place in their division. Finalists will be in the running Friday, Aug. The following are the cash drawing finalists and the businesses where they made their winning entry. Buckles Automotive — Robert Magill. Ainsworth Motors — Joni Tiller. Tire — Tiff Naprstak.

The Central Bar — Darlene Gantt. Husker Meats — Ginger Brockman. The Whistle Stop — Trisha Killion. First Class Auto — Ronda Davis. First National Bank — Jennifer Erthum. The council looked at turn on and turn off fees for water. The City Council looked at three different plans. Another issue had to do with clarifying the minimum water and sewer rates by ordinance.

The ordinances state that all consumers who are connected to both city water and sewer, whether using it or not, must pay a flat fee. Anyone who has a structure on their property that has water or sewer running to it but is not using it as a primary home can write a letter to the city to apply of an exception.

The next item up for approval was the removal of bats and flooring for the Palace. The City Council was unsure of the timeline for the project but they were looking for the Long Pine Foundation to split the cost.

On the topic of bat removal, it will be a multi step process. Summer is the right time to get rid of the bats. The council approved paying for the bat removal and to split the cost of the new flooring with the Long Pine Foundation. The council approved liquor license renewals for the Sandhills Lounge and American Legion. The council discussed a building permit for Lynn Gum to construct a fence. The fence would be 5 feet high, near the sidewalk and continue 25 feet along the property line to the alley.

The item was tabled until next meeting to allow Mayor Ed Brown to further discuss the height of the fence with Gum. Brown presented a Health Board report. The weeds on the north side of the Palace were sprayed and the owner of the old grain bins on the Cowboy Trail was contacted.

She is close to a deal to sell the bins. The new dump truck arrived this week. Also last week, Second Street and Main Street from the Cowboy Trail to the top of the hill were graveled and the city plans to add more money into the budget next year for gravel. Smith addressed the tariffs placed on U. He also addressed workforce issues and the escalating U.

Click on the audio links below to listen to the conversation. Ainsworth Weather Observer Gerry Osborn recorded 5. The year-to-date total jumped to Adrian Smith will appear in Valentine at 10 a. Wednesday to visit with constituents. Smith and his staff will host a mobile office in the Cherry County Courthouse beginning at 10 a. Smith is also scheduled to hold a mobile office on Tuesday, Aug.

The public is welcome to attend both mobile offices. The Chevy pickup did not sustain any damage. Sunday on Road, a Chevrolet , driven by Braden Ludemann, 17, of Ainsworth, was traveling west when the vehicle struck a cow.

Brady Delimont, of Ainsworth, Nebraska, is the final scholarship player to join the team. After redshirting in , and sitting out from injury last season at the University of South Dakota, Delimont comes to CSC with three years remaining.

As a high schooler for his hometown alma mater, he set a state record for career three-pointers made, hitting of shots for an accuracy of Delimont also earned Second Team All-State in , and honorable mention in He was an all-conference player all four years.

Reed also added three walk-ons to his roster, all from the panhandle. Buderus and Nelson were named honorable mention All-State last year. Hoffman was a two-time honorable mention before playing one season at Western Nebraska Community College.

Weather permitting, work will begin Monday on Highway near Springview going south to the junction of Highway 20 between mileposts and , according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Work includes resurfacing and paint striping. Traffic will be maintained with lane closures and one-lane work zones. The anticipated completion date is August. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use caution while driving through construction zones.

Wednesday on Highway 20 at the Ash Street intersection, a collision occurred between an eastbound Ford Focus, driven by Claire Steinhauser, 18, of Ainsworth, and an eastbound Chevy pickup, driven by Dustin Howell, 31, of Ainsworth. Weather permitting, work will begin Monday on Highway north of Springview to the South Dakota state line, from milepost to milepost , according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Work includes milling, asphalt paving, bridge and guardrail repair, culverts, rumble strips and grading. Traffic will be maintained with lane closures and one-lane work zones at the Holt Creek Bridge from July 30 to Aug. The anticipated completion date is early November. Wilde, 47, of Huron, S. Noj-Ollej, 33, of Tucson, Ariz. Morey, 31, of St.

Campbell, 27, of Evans, Colo. Reyes-Martinez, 28, of Albuquerque, N. Denman, 66, of Williamsburg, Mich. Ulland, 56, of Moorhead, Minn. Salonen, 18, of Gregory, S. Hacecky, 20, of Mitchell, S. Chapman, 32, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Lamont Hill, 28, of Glenrock, Pa. Inghram, 19, of Sturgis, S. Campos, 34, of Richmond Hill, Ga. Cheeseman, 40, of Mitchell, S. Winona Tahdooahnippah, 41, of Wahpeton, N. Michael, 61, of Mebane, N.

Stevens, 57, of Merrifield, Minn. White, 25, of New Underwood, S. Wang Xiang, 61, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Reyes Bonilla, 45, of Greeley, Colo. Carnicle, 21, of Garretson, S.

Quinn, 39, of Sisseton, S. Adams, 28, of Sisseton, S. Tuesday at the Dollar General parking lot, a Chevy pickup, driven by Roberta Denny, 42, of Ainsworth, was backing from a parking space and struck a parked Buick Envision, owned by Lila Pieper of Dodge. Fuchs told the board the facility currently has a population of 19 residents. To be profitable, the facility needs approximately 22 residents on average. RHD is going back over the numbers from last year because the numbers are so close to the cutoff point.

The budget was tabled until the next commissioner meeting to give RHD more time to negotiate with the Department of Health and Human Services. Fuchs also reported the shingling project at the facility has been completed, and the contractors had to use square of shingles versus the projected. The board met with representatives of the Brown County Agricultural Society regarding reimbursement to the Inheritance Tax Fund relating to the chute replacement project at the Brown County Fairgrounds.

Currently, the money goes from the Brown County Treasurer to the Ag Society and then to the inheritance tax fund every six months. The issue was cleared up during the meeting, as Ag Society representative Ken Eggers agreed the current pay schedule made sense. The commissioners opted not to bid on a Philbrick property when it goes to a public tax sale. Commissioner Buddy Small addressed the room on the road department. The Roads Department is still blading, spreading gravel and rock, and repairing potholes.

Small reported Highway Superintendent Kenny Turpin approved a project to create an approach to a hayfield. The commissioners discussed a bridge near Camp Witness. Turpin and John Witski of Niobrara Valley Consultants both came to the conclusion the bridge in question is not owned by the county.

More research is being done on who has jurisdiction over the bridge. An update was presented for things happening in the Region 24 Emergency Management Agency.

These would be used in county vehicles to map bridges and culverts. Superintendent Darrell Peterson said establishing the leasing corporation was a better and cheaper way to go about financing the building addition project. He said forming the leasing corporation would give the district a better interest rate to finance the addition over a seven-year period. Tobin Buchanan with First National Capital Markets told the board the district was still on pace to close the financing by July 25 and have the funds in place prior to construction.

There will be a tremendous amount of sales tax savings, and we got the interest rate down as well. Buchanan said there was no pre-payment penalty, unlike a bond, should the district have the funding to pay off the note prior to the full seven-year period.

The wood shop is going to remain where it is for now. Then, we will move the equipment into the new building and change the current wood shop into a couple classrooms.

The board approved the resolution creating the leasing corporation, and appointed Peterson and board members Jim Arens, Brad Wilkins and Mark Johnson to the corporation. In other business Monday, the board accepted the resignation of Erin Rathe effective July Rathe accepted a teaching position with the district for the year, and therefore had to resign her seat on the board. Peterson said he will put notice in the newspaper that there has been a resignation from the school board.

The board approved an option enrollment request from Neil Dover to allow his son Reece to continue to attend Rock County Public Schools. Peterson said Dover will be a freshman at Rock County, and has previously attended school there. The family moved into the Ainsworth district, but would like him to continue to attend school in Rock County. The superintendent said the old bus the district replaced was destroyed Friday, which was a requirement of a grant the district received to cover a portion of the cost of the replacement bus.

He said the Ainsworth Volunteer Fire Department planned to use the old bus for a training exercise. The board approved a purchase agreement with Duane and Geri Johnson for a 2-acre parcel near the Norden Road that was at one time country school District Peterson said the purchase agreement clears up the title on a piece of land that has not been used as a school for decades. He said the paperwork to dissolve the parcel was apparently never filed correctly.

When a parcel is no longer used by a school, the ownership of the land typically reverts back to the previous owner. Peterson said the purchase agreement clears up the ownership of the parcel at no cost to the school district. The Johnsons own the land surrounding the 2-acre parcel.

During his report, Peterson said there have been a few fire alarms in the building recently. He said they believe a couple of the alarms were triggered by fumes from refinishing the gym floor. In action items Monday, the board approved the second readings of policies relating to:. The board also approved the first reading of a policy relating to sick leave.

Peterson said the board agreed during negotiations with the Ainsworth Education Association to allow certified staff and classified staff to use two sick days per year to attend funerals not already covered by district policy.

The board also approved the first reading of a policy adjusting the salary schedule for classified employees. Wednesday on Highway 7 near milepost 21 south of Ainsworth, a collision occurred between a northbound Plymouth Voyager van, driven by Wanda Huebner, 84, of Wood Lake, and a northbound Ford pickup, driven by Jeffrey Buerger, 43, of Denver, Colo. Huebner was transported to the Brown County Hospital by the Brown County Ambulance Association for injuries suffered during the accident.

A year-old Bassett man died Sunday in a motorcycle accident north of the city. Sunday on Highway 7 north of Bassett near milepost Erich Bussinger of Bassett was driving a Harley Davison when he apparently lost control and went into the east ditch.

Bussinger was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The North Central District Health Department is collaborating with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Centers for Disease Control in investigating an increase in people becoming sick from the parasite Cyclospora in the district.

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection include frequent watery diarrhea, weight loss, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, nausea, fatigue and fever. It may take a week or more for symptoms to start after consuming the contaminated food product with the illness lasting from a few days to a few months.

People might feel better, then get worse again and, following diagnosis, can be treated with antibiotics. Additional information can be found on the CDC website. Miller and Associates and the city of Ainsworth held the first of four planned meetings Thursday to discuss the comprehensive plan that Miller and Associates is putting together for the community.

Brenda Jensen of Miller and Associates said the company crafts comprehensive plans for communities based on factors like land use, public utilities, services and infrastructure, transportation, housing, economic development, community revitalization, historic preservation, environmental conservation, energy, rehabilitation, and redevelopment. The comprehensive plan covers 10 years and is beneficial when applying for state and federal grants.

The process involves four community meetings, and community and housing surveys to determine what community members feel are the weaknesses and strengths of the community. Community members pointed out positive aspects of Ainsworth, including locally owned businesses along Main Street, access to critical and senior care, the airport, schools, and the new developments around town.

Some areas where attendees felt Ainsworth struggled were in the lack of new home construction, the ability to balance keeping kids busy while at the same time having time for themselves. Other issues that came up Thursday were the swimming pool and the theater. Following the discussion, Jensen indicated the major factors that need to be included in the early stages of planning are how to keep adults and kids engaged in the community, how to get more young professionals to move back to town and how to keep high school aged kids out of trouble.

The next meeting will take place in September. The accident prompted the civil defense siren to sound in Ainsworth and emergency personnel to respond. However, no injuries were reported as the semi was able to stop before striking the other vehicle. The second motorist was cited on a charge of failing to yield the right of way. The application stated the city is currently losing sales tax dollars to other communities, as many local residents are traveling to theaters at Valentine and Stuart.

Committee member David Spann told the council the consensus of the committee was to have more accountability for the money. Councilwoman Deb Hurless said she believed completing the theater was a good fit for what the ABC funds are supposed to be used to support, and questioned why the entire request was not being funded. Schroedl said the generator is fairly old, and the wastewater plant operators have had major struggles with it this summer.

Water superintendent Brad Miller said the treatment plant would only be able to operate for about four hours without a working generator. Should the city have an extended power outage similar to what Atkinson experienced in the spring from severe weather, a working generator was a necessity.

Miller said the motor appeared to be the only issue. The council approved the bid from Pfister. Larry Steele with Miller and Associates presented the council with a quote to replace the filter and pump at the Ainsworth Swimming Pool.

Schroedl said the quote was being provided to the council for informational purposes ahead of the city beginning its work on the budget. Miller told the council the current filter is on life support, and something needed to be done. Hurless asked if the new filter and pump could be transferred to a new swimming pool should the city eventually move forward with building a new pool. Steele said both the filter system and pump could be transferred.

Rice asked Steele to provide a revised quote to the city prior to the first budget workshop. Elaine Ginter with Bright Horizons presented the council with information on the services provided by the non-profit organization in the community.

Ginter said Bright Horizons, which is located in the Brown County Hospital Specialty Clinic building, is funded through grants and other government programs, so she was not asking for any funding from the council.

She said the office was open from 8 a. Monday through Friday to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. During his report, Rice said the city received a few calls regarding fireworks being discharged late at night. He also asked the council if there would be interest in installing solar-powered radar signs on the highway entrances to the city.

He said Gregory, S. Osborn said there has been discussion about installing the radar signs in conjunction with the upcoming Highway 20 renovation in the city. Warnke worked for the past 11 years under previous plant operator Jerry Clark, who recently retired. The next meeting of the Ainsworth City Council is scheduled for 5 p. The Super Tag and Combo permits are valid in and The Super Tag bag limit is one elk, one antelope, one deer and two turkeys.

The Combo bag limit is one antelope, one deer and two turkeys. The permits are valid in open seasons with appropriate equipment. Welch had one of 1, Nebraska resident entries in the single-entry Super Tag lottery. Smith had five of 2, entries 1, residents and 1, nonresidents in the multiple-entry Super Tag lottery. In the multiple-entry Combo lottery, Nemeth had three of the entries for the resident permit, and West had one of the entries for the nonresident permit.

The anticipated completion date is July Motorists are asked to drive cautiously through construction zones and to expect delays. Chairman Phil Fuchs said, in the previous fiscal year, the board estimated being at 22 to 23 residents. Fuchs said the budget did not include a potential payment from Medicare for the federal portion of the amount the facility is over its state caps for resident care.

Fuchs said there was still a chance the facility could receive that funding, but the board would know more in a week or two. Fuchs said he visited with a family who said the same thing about the care their loved one was receiving.

Board member Chuck Osborn said the care center was now not losing any residents to facilities in other communities. The breakeven point for the facility for the year is 21 residents. Administrator Stephanie Rucker said there are currently 19 residents in the care center, with two admissions in June and one resident death.

The board approved the operating budget, which will now be forwarded to the Brown County Commissioners and the Ainsworth City Council. Rucker said she was fully staffed with the exception of a maintenance person and a kitchen aide.

The board approved payment for the recently completed roofing project for the facility. Fuchs said the facility now has a roof that should last for 20 years. The project took an additional Board member Buddy Small said Shawn Fernau discussed the additional work with individual board members before moving forward.

Fuchs said building committee chair Dick Schipporeit reviewed the work completed and indicated it was acceptable. Between private donations and contributions from the county and the Ainsworth Betterment Committee, the board had the funding to cover the cost of the project.

The next meeting of the Sandhills Care Center Board is scheduled for 4 p. Ainsworth Weather Observer Gerry Osborn recorded 4. Ainsworth has received almost 4 inches more precipitation through the first six months than the average year, as the 4. Temperatures were also above normal during June, with a high mark of 97 degrees recorded on June 5. To hear the complete June weather summary, click on the audio link below.

District 8 encompasses the north central region of Nebraska. There are numerous projects included in the five-year DOT plan for District 8. Those are projects the DOT plans to address sometime between and DOT is responsible for nearly 10, miles of roads and 3, bridges. The DOT Program Book is published annually and reflects projects that have been selected for construction based on need and projected funding availability.

Currently, the dump is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a. The council approved expanding the schedule to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday and on-call on Sunday. The council indicated it would likely take Hutcheson a half a day to do the cleanup. The council received a report that the North Central District Health Department is undergoing mosquito surveillance in Holt and Cherry counties and as of June 25 there have been no West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes.

During a report from the board of health, the council heard a nuisance violation update on a residence in the block of North Ash Street. The property owner removed a partial deck, but still has to do some more cleaning and yard work, and a partial structure on the property is still standing.

The council discussed concerns regarding the abandoned grain bins near the Cowboy Trail. They are run down and the first call to the owner did not yield any results.

There is also concern in town about standing water around town attracting mosquitoes. The council gave the go-ahead to Paul Carpenter to build an addition to his home. The addition is 40 by 23, and would not impede the alley. Mayor Ed Brown reported Lesa Dillion bought and fixed a new bike rack that is now at the tennis courts. The tennis courts also got a new net this past week. The only piece that needed to be repaired was the crank.

Travis Electric completed its portion of the lagoon electrical project. It passed inspection Tuesday. Brown reported the rainy weather has been tough on drainage and dirt road maintenance. The streets department plans to add gravel when the streets dry out. The recycling trailers are available at the old city shop, and Brown reminded residents to break down boxes because space is limited. The next meeting of the Long Pine City Council is scheduled for 7 p.

The checks are designed to increase retail compliance with Nebraska alcohol laws and reduce underage access to alcohol. In Keya Paha County, all five licensees were checked; however, only one was open at that time.

Four of the six alcohol licenses in Rock County were open for the inspection. The first occurred sometime between 6 p. June 23 and 6: June 24 on Fullerton Street in Ainsworth. The second accident occurred at 1: June 28 on South Pine Street. A Chevy sport-utility vehicle, driven by James Newport, 83, of Long Pine, was traveling south when the vehicle left the roadway, struck a fence, a corner post, mailbox and a second fence before coming to rest in the east ditch.

The board moved to appoint Tom Herzog as the new county attorney effective at 5: July 12 for an indefinite period of time. The board approved to pay Herzog the standing salary for Brown County attorney and mileage compensation of 55 cents per mile. Brown County was contacted by another county about having to pay the Extension. It was suggested the Brown County pays the lump sum and the other counties pay them back. The percentage of the Extension budget paid by each county is based on the land area and population.

Brown County would add a line item for a processing fee. The new agreement could be ready in about a month and would be presented during the Aug. The board authorized having Commissioner Buddy Small sign to opt into the class action lawsuit on collection of payments in lieu of taxes from the federal government.

Highway Superintendent Kenny Turpin updated the commissioners on road department issues. With the rain, Turpin said road crews have been blading and clearing gravel.

Turpin said the roads department is running reminders in the newspaper and on KBRB to make landowners aware of their responsibility to mow road ditches. Discussion on making repairs to a bridge at Camp Witness was tabled until the next meeting. In a final action item, the commissioners voted to keep the safety committee the same and re-elect members after Jan.

Improvements will include the construction of a specialty clinic that will allow patients to obtain services in a more confidential manner. The hospital can provide epidural steroid injections, which can decrease the need for opioid medications.

The surgical suite and lab will be enlarged, and the waiting room and multipurpose areas renovated. The enhancements will better serve comprehensive health care to more than 10, people in a medically underserved area in north central Nebraska.

Geological Survey measured a 4. The USGS reported the quake occurred at Friday and was centered 23 miles west of Broken Bow. The quake was reportedly felt as far east as Grand Island, and as far west as Ogallala.

Ainsworth Weather Observer Gerry Osborn reported was warmer and wetter than the normal, with several months well above average for moisture. June and November, however, were among the driest in the city's history, and Ainsworth suffered through an extreme heat wave in July when the highest temperature of the year, degrees, was recorded on July The final day of was the coldest for the year, when the mercury dropped to 15 below. That represents a degree difference between the warmest and coldest readings of To hear Osborn's complete report, click on the audio link below.

Mon-Sat - 8 a. We need to put ourselves into the shoes of patients and continue to listen to them, their families, and their caregivers and truly understand what their needs are.

Patients across generations continue to have access to more information through advancement of technology. Patients find themselves with more questions and options. Patients expect more value for the same or less cost.

Healthcare providers will continue to navigate how to differentiate themselves as an outstanding provider of care while also balancing the continued challenges of rising costs.

The patient voice and early engagement will become paramount in designing and conducting trials that are more widely accessible, more tolerable, and less burdensome.

More engaged patients will be looking for beyond-the-pill support to accompany them in actively managing and living with their disease. In response to this environment, more and more people will become active participants in their own healthcare. Industry will play a key role in enabling better self-care. This will happen first by championing increased consumer access to OTC treatment options through both switch and innovation, and secondly, by providing access to better quality health information, easy to use diagnostic tools, and technology, which will allow consumers to better understand and track their health stats.

Overall, I expect we will see consumers become even more connected to their health and I hope more confident in their ability to impact it for the better.

While drugs and devices are often the solution, how they are delivered and what they are delivered in, in conjunction with alternative medicine, increased mental health, patient education and support, and now, connected health may enhance what traditional medicine can do.

Perhaps most importantly, these options enhance the experience of patients as they go through the medical system. How can we creatively focus on every aspect of the patient? Bringing it one step further into research, how can we generate evidence that helps us understand what is most effective for each patient? Kellie Malloy — Luminary Executive VP, Syneos Health Patients expect more from healthcare providers, and that is creating monumental change for our industry.

Technology has made our lives easier, including how we access and assess our personal healthcare. After my son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a year ago, I experienced the many different spokes of healthcare from a very real, personal perspective.

The process for understanding the impact of a new diagnosis and therapy regimen along with insurance coverage implications was mentally and emotionally exhausting.

I experienced the current landscape to be fragmented; I had to rely on sheer determination to pull together the necessary pieces of the puzzle when insurance originally declined our ER visit due to a miscoding and when I showed up to the pharmacy and got hit with an extraordinarily large subtotal.

While consumers today have more options and access to information than ever before, the journey is often still convoluted and difficult to navigate. A patient-centric approach, with increased communication, support, and training, must continue to be the primary focus and driver. Aligning upon what it means to successfully achieve patient empowerment and how to streamline the experience must continue to be the endpoint across the different stakeholders within the wide lens of healthcare.

Technology today allows them to understand and be involved in their own care, helping pharma and device companies have an even bigger impact on the patients they treat. Gone are the days of spun data and a good sales pitch. Customers exist in a surround-sound world and engage with brands across multiple channels, directly and indirectly.

The use of multichannel storytelling with a unified brand narrative that inspires action will be critical to meaningful customer engagement, conversion, and loyalty as we move into the next era of healthcare marketing. Courtney Cohen — Rising Star Associate Creative Director, Calcium USA One trend in healthcare will be that we will continue to see the development of therapies tailored to the individual genetic makeup, needs, and everyday lifestyle of the patient.

We will develop clinical care programs that are tailored to the specific patient. This will help to improve patient outcomes. The study of the microbiome of a person will shine the light on their metabolism and digestive process. The combination of the genetic and metabolic profile of an individual w be a profound combination for treatment of a disease.

I certainly did not imagine that a cure for cancer would be developed during my lifetime. I am truly grateful to be a scientist in this era of exciting research and development in bringing life-changing medicines to patients. Kathryn Payne — Rising Star Senior VP, Corporate Affairs, AMAG Pharmaceuticals Customizing medicine — both treatment and service — to the needs, genetic makeup, and lifestyle of individuals will continue to be an important trend in healthcare, leading to more effective interventions for common diseases and better health outcomes.

Related to this trend is the increase in patient demand for an improved patient experience, from healthcare companies and providers alike. Helping patients embrace this innovative platform, and its overall benefits, will lead to personalized medicine.

Anne Brooks — Rising Star Senior Director, Oncology Marketing, Teva Pharmaceuticals Patients are demanding more transparency around healthcare pricing, particularly for healthcare services. What can the pharmaceutical industry do to demonstrate transparency in pricing to patients more proactively throughout the supply chain, so that patients can make more informed healthcare decisions?

Healthcare reimbursement is moving away from volume and more toward value, seen in many emerging alternative payment models such as the Oncology Care Model. What value offerings actually drive better patient outcomes, and does an enhanced patient experience create value? Now, more than ever, health plans must engage in new, innovative, and targeted cost-containment strategies to control the specialty drug costs holistically across both the medical and pharmacy benefit.

We also need to design and execute trials using clinically meaningful endpoints that can be extrapolated to pivotal study-endpoint s , with the ultimate goal being to further reduce attrition beyond Phase IIa. Lisa Bakazias — Luminary VP, Global Operations, Manufacturing Strategy, West Pharmaceutical Services The proven efficacy of targeted biologic therapies, particularly in the area of cancer treatment, is forcing pharmaceutical companies to deliver research and development in ever-differing ways than in the past.

Delivering these medicines to patients effectively also requires innovative approaches. As the industry further prepares for this class of exciting new therapies, our industry must embrace new models to manufacture and deliver these medicines to patients.

Obesity, along with comorbid conditions put a strain on healthcare spend. Courage In my career, I have been driven to seek solutions and innovative ways to transform personally, as well as transform my team. My goal is to look to the future and ensure my team and my company are competitive in the long term. Authentic and Inclusive I believe companies and leaders can get outstanding results by creating an inclusive culture, where all employees feel their ideas and thoughts are important and add to the business and underlying culture.

As a leader, I believe in being authentic, even if that means being unpopular or going against corporate norms. Through inclusion and creating an environment where people can be their best, every day, businesses see amazing culture transformations and business results. Passionate I have strong belief in doing something that leaves a lasting, positive impression on the world we live in. In the simplest form this shows itself in my passion to improve the quality of life.

Empowering Leading teams, departments, a division, or a company means you have to trust and empower your teams to develop strategies and execute to achieve the mission and goals. My best work came from being entrusted to achieve the goal and my focus as a leader is to do the same for those that I lead. Empathy and Generosity To me, leadership is all about feeling and doing. As leaders, our essential duty is to ensure that we genuin ely and deeply understand everything about our people, our clients, and our work.

This becomes a virtuous cycle: Enterprise Mindset Leaders need to be mindful of what is best for the organization versus individuals or the group.

Inclusive I have always believed that a team is better than the sum of its parts. I also believe that everyone can contribute to making the group more effective and create an environment where all levels are willing to bring forth their own ideas and then are willing to take action on them.

Authentic Authentic leaders are genuine and I believe I am genuine. I have been told that I am a bad poker player. As an authentic leader, I strive to demonstrate behaviors tbat enable others to trust in me; I take ownership and have courage to challenge the status quo. Collaborative Intentional relationships are the fuel of transformational leadership. You need to develop a genuine understanding of the individual needs of each colleague and purposefully support their growth in line with the strategic goals of the business.

Never Settle Time is finite. Why would you waste your limited time by settling for anything less than the best? Each day, we are each required to make choices. These choices have unintended consequences on our business and for our patients. Choosing excellence enables delivery of more than we ever thought we could. As a leader, I endeavor to inspire teams to never settle and to choose excellence.

Integrity Being honest and fair to colleagues and peers creates a productive work environment in which everyone can contribute and grow. Leaders need to position the interest of the enterprise first, before individual interest and office politics, to avoid bias in decision making.

Authentic Authentic leadership to me means being self-aware and genuine; mission-driven and focused on results; focused on the long-term; and leading with the heart. We are all human, we all have flaws — whether acknowledged or not — and have all had some stumbles along the way.

Our humanity is what connects us and it is in those moments of imperfection that we often learn, grow, and inspire the most. My imperfections not only drive me to learn more and be better, but help me relate to my team, understand the challenges they face, and ease the path to leadership for others.

Proactive and Passionate I love this business and am always looking to push works and our collective achievements. Good enough is not good enough. Passionate and Driven Leaders approach everything with full zest and zeal, with dedication and focus. Authentic I strongly believe that authenticity drives trust and belief, which are critical for building a workplace that is not a job but a career for your team.

Caring By keeping the patient at the center of what we do, caring becomes the DNA of our work. I have been honored to partner with wonderful clients, lead fantastic global teams, and collaborate with excellent investigative sites throughout my career.

I have found that the best outcomes come from going above and beyond what is expected, and have been able to do that by grounding to the importance of what we do. The tools and know-how are a must, but support and caring make a difference when the unexpected happens.

Third, good solutions are only achieved through partnership and understanding of each unique perspective and goal. Fourth, it is important to foster an environment of honesty in providing feedback, balanced with trust and respect.

Fifth, a good leader must actively participate as a team member to contribute to overall success. It takes the whole team, working together, to drive to success.

Head and Heart Leaders have a natural ability to lead with both their head and heart while keeping them in sync and bringing their best every day.

Employees want to be valued and be part of a greater vision. I make it a priority to understand the strengths of my teammates and to focus on providing them with opportunities to enhance those strengths. Integrity I have found the most formative moments in my career are those when I have had my sense of right and wrong challenged or tested. For me having a career in this industry is a vocation and a privilege and it carries with it great responsibility. Leadership has to be a verb and not a noun and continuously striving to act in concordance with core beliefs is essential to the relationship I have with my team, as well as the impact we as a team have on the organization, and ultimately on society.

I work to ensure my word and the word of my team carries weight and engenders trust. Continuous improvement Every day I ask: What can we do better? Collaborative and Trusting I believe that, as a leader, if you work collaboratively with your team to establish a clear, simple vision, and mission, you have to give them your trust to carry out the vision and mission with their teams. Leaders develop from learning how to set direction and create execution plans for sustained change.

Authentic I am a very genuine, open person who believes in transparency and trust. I think impactful teams are built on a solid foundation, a common core of shared values, and a strong sense of purpose in order to thrive and deliver results. Fearless If you do not feel a little uncomfortable, the work is probably not good enough. Nothing extraordinary comes from being comfortable. To truly make a difference, we have to be brave enough to step out of our comfort zones and do something that has never been done before.

Together we are better — an individual can come up with a good idea; a team can make it a great idea. Results-Oriented I motivate myself and my cross-functional teams to achieve patient-centric results that will ultimately benefit patients. The patients are at the center of everything we do. If we can achieve the right results for patients within a compliant framework, we achieve our vision and are ultimately a successful company.

Collaboration Procurement is often at the center of competing interests between various departments in any large company. It is much easier to gain alignment around a clear, unifying vision than forcing each party to negotiate solely based on his or her own individual needs.

I always try and make time for self-improvement, whether it be personal or professional, it always leads to growth. Grit Grit is the ability to work hard for a long period of time toward a goal; to persevere, overcome, and keep moving forward in the face of adversity, failure, rejection, and obstacles. Along the way a leader will face countless challenges, failures, and setbacks that will become roadblocks unless they find a way forward.

Positive leaders have grit and find a way to navigate the roadblocks or run through them to move closer to their vision and goal. Empowerment I am where I am today thanks to leaders who have empowered me to embrace new challenges — from learning the business operations of a small company to switching my PR specialization to healthcare. This is the kind of leader I strive to be: Committed As a leader I am committed to keeping my team informed and relatively stress-free.

I believe in seeing the big picture before diving in to any project and leading my team down a path of darkness and uncertainty. With our shortened work deadlines and expanding project scopes it is important to lead the charge knowing that we have left no stone unturned. I am all-in, ready to help and guide however and whenever necessary. I am committed to instilling in my team a passion to go above and beyond with their creativity.

Authenticity Leaders are humans too. Empathetic I build every working relationship on mutual respect and common purpose. When there are disagreements or difficult decisions, we have that common foundation to ground us. Resilience Leaders need to be open to learn from mistakes and successes, value diversity, and get out of their comfort zone, delivering the extra mile — always.

Enjoy changes with proactive and positive attitudes. Leaders also need to be flexible to manage diverse and multiple situations with a high level of urgency and agility. Innovator As a graphic artist, I am both a leader and an innovator who helps others on my team create the vision that we are looking for.

Authentic I provide thoughtful and truthful input to situations, regardless of hierarchy. We work across multiple disciplines often; it helps when we can all get to the finish line together.

Openness and Transparency I believe that being open with your team and sharing as much information as possible allows everyone to do his or her job better. Sharing important context and information helps teams have the right information at the right time to make the best decisions on behalf of the business. It fosters responsibility and ownership for the work, thereby increasing engagement and propelling a business forward. Great business plans and strategy are not enough — alignment and understanding of the strategy, and how to deliver upon it, can push a company over the top.

Integrity For me, integrity is about being open, honest, trustworthy, and accountable. I aim to achieve this by always prioritizing the people first and foremost, and holding myself accountable for my own words and actions.

Adaptable My experience working in multiple countries, with different cultures, and across various businesses allows me to find and implement new business solutions and thrive in a volatile, complex, and evolving healthcare world.

To embody and create an environment of trust and transparency allows everyone to bring their best self to work and maximizes engagement. Action-Oriented At Lilly, we are long past the awareness stage of our diversity and inclusion journey. We are taking action and measuring results. This perfectly fits my leadership style.

I leverage my deep knowledge of the company, its practices, its people — and its organizational habits — to solicit appropriate input, chart a course and move. Collaborative I believe successful organizations are ones where employees collaborate continuously and respectfully not only with their own internal team, but also with the teams across their organization.

I strive to be an example of this quality by making my cross-functional interactions meaningful. I want those interactions to build a foundation for trusting relationships that in the end hopefully yield results internally and externally for the organization.

Accountability My strongest leadership quality is accountability. I hold myself accountable for my actions and outcomes, positive or negative. I also empower my team to do the same, by taking risks and admitting failures and mistakes so that we can learn and grow together. Empowering I empower my team to drive informed business decisions through integrated, actionable insights and strategic recommendations.

As a team leader, I set high standards and provide the support necessary to achieve them. Approachability Approachability is an important attribute to me, to allow employees, mentees and others to feel comfortable and authentic around me, creating a space for more candid conversations and willingness to tackle tough conversations and problems in our industry.

Priti Hegde Director, Genentech Leadership is: Inclusive I believe every individual on a team irrespective of job level has the ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas. If they know their voices are heard, it allows for uninhibited and productive dialogue.

Additionally, I believe leadership requires leading by example to motivate team members and build trust. Empowering I believe in setting a clear vision for the team and then giving them the trust and space needed to set their own path.

Empowered teams have the freedom to act and the ability to respond quickly as the environment changes. Flexible I can quickly adapt to changing circumstances and work effectively in a dynamic environment without losing sight of the end goal. My emphasis on results-oriented behavior, critical thinking, and thirst for constant learning guide my willingness and ability to go beyond the status quo. This skill not only leads to personal success but enables me to be an effective leader and mentor who can guide her team to stay focused and be successful despite the challenges.

We all have quirks, dreams, challenges, and lives outside of the workplace. Being a leader means accepting people for who they are and leveraging their unique personalities to build brilliant teams and foster innovation. It also means modeling that same authenticity — my team members know I have strengths and weaknesses, too — allowing for better understanding and stronger communications.

I have always appreciated knowing that someone cared, that they understood and that I was being heard, which is why having empathy is an important quality to me.

Caring Caring for our people, clients and community defines my leadership style and has enabled me and others to continuously learn and grow personally and professionally through the years. Empowering I try to get a sense from everyone on my team about what motivates them and what their goals are, both on a personal and professional front.

I apply that insight into how I set up their role on our team, and provide personalized insight for each of them to help propel their individual success. And then I point out what they did so that they know in no uncertain terms that they are growing and that they are better than they thought. Inspirational Investing in the success of people creates trust and a desire to perform at a higher level and improves retention.

People appreciate leaders who have treated them with value and respect, no matter what their role is, even when situations get difficult. Tenacious and Authentic Tenacity for me is about perseverance, resilience and determination. In my life it means never settling, never giving up, defying the odds, turning challenges into opportunities and always striving for more. Authenticity is about creating trust and having the confidence to always stay true to my beliefs and values.

I am extremely passionate about what I do and do not apologize for that. I hope that through this passion others are inspired not only by what I do, but more importantly, by how I do it. Passionate I believe so strongly in our mission and the people I work alongside. I believe without this overarching pull and commitment to what we can accomplish together, we become so much less than our best.

With a value-based mission driving me I can demonstrate the drive, enthusiasm, and focus that we need to achieve great results together. Focused-Determination I take on challenging roles that require focusing my attention on a couple of key tasks to get the job done.

Effective Communicator I clearly and concisely communicate my vision to my team and articulate the strategy to achieve our goals, while remaining open to feedback and discussion. More specifically, I demonstrate active listening, a high level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence and use simple, easy-to-understand language.

Being a strong communicator who is both assertive and receptive to feedback motivates people, influences without authority, ensures alignment and is critical to achieving better results in an efficient and cooperative manner.

Grit I am always looking for opportunities to learn and not give up on my dreams. Being an immigrant, I had to start from scratch in many ways but was fortunate to be given the gift of education and importance of hard work from my parents. I never let my missteps define me and keeping a positive attitude keeps me going.

I try to ask the right questions to help me understand what makes them tick, what drives them day-in and day-out, and what they want to achieve, both personally and at work. Once you have that understanding and have established real confidence, you can help them build themselves into their own curated vision of success.

Collaborative As a client services representative who promotes the goals and needs for my healthcare clients, I am constantly influencing and innovating with internal teams to deliver results. My patience, active listening, agility, decision-making, and creative management skills support my ability to be a respected collaborative leader within my organization and with my clients. In addition to delivering results, this quality also encourages cross-functional teams to engage in constructive solution engineering, efficiencies creation, and process improvements that positively impact the healthcare landscape.

Strategic and Innovative Thinking I focus on developing new organizational models oriented to excellent results, robust culture, and productivity. I challenge the status quo, through innovative approaches, to ensure the involvement of diverse teams to obtain outstanding achievements in the marketplace.

Resiliency I have moved around both personally and professionally and experienced multiple challenging people and situations. That said, during my journey I have made an effort to see my failures and challenges only as temporary setbacks. I give myself the opportunity time to experience the pain or loss then transition to staying positive and optimistic. I also seek out the lessons in these experiences; this allows me to foresee a potential repeat and avoid it.

Trusted Advisor In the IT consultant space it is important to quickly understand three things about our clients: Being a business analyst, one valuable skill is an ability to grasp a business and have the foresight to become the problem-solver.

Solutions-Focused Through much of my career, I have been empowered to have many leaders support me in my quest to not settle for the status quo.

Having the majority of my career focused in the arena of unmet medical needs and heavily penetrated in the rare diseases arena, I have leveraged my positions to compliantly find solutions for patients and physician-partners where the status quo simply is not acceptable or right. Understanding what the specific needs are of the community I am serving, and finding solutions to address those needs, is a leadership quality that best describes me.

Collaborative I work for a Japanese global pharmaceutical company in which team members and external partners are working from around the world.